Author Topic: Another knitting help request. Mayday, mayday!  (Read 440 times)

Warlord1986

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Another knitting help request. Mayday, mayday!
« on: June 26, 2017, 06:26:13 AM »
Hey y'all. I've got an emergency. I've been working on a shawl for my mother and I dropped a stitch, as you can see from the photos. Is there anyway to fix this? I've spent the better part of the month working on this and I would hate to have to have to unravel it and start over again. Any advice is welcome.

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Re: Another knitting help request. Mayday, mayday!
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2017, 06:37:27 AM »
Don't panic! Dropped stitches are fixable. Get a crochet hook or something similar and try this tutorial: https://www.thespruce.com/pick-up-a-dropped-knit-stitch-2117257

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Re: Another knitting help request. Mayday, mayday!
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2017, 09:52:37 AM »
+1 to aetherie's post.  The crochet hook will help you pull the loops through loops and you will be all set. The only possible issue is the direction you pull from (front vs back). You have a 50% chance of getting it right. If it looks wrong, then pull out the loop you just made and try it from the other side.

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Re: Another knitting help request. Mayday, mayday!
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2017, 06:23:35 AM »
Alright, I 'unknitted' to the point where I messed up and used a crochet hook to pull the loops through the loops. It's not perfect by a long shot, but nothing seems to be unraveling. I hate that the yarn isn't as tight, but I keep reminding myself that it's only a few stitches out of the whole project. Which isn't done yet.

Thank you for all your help! I had a mini panic attack when I noticed that mess.

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Re: Another knitting help request. Mayday, mayday!
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2017, 08:05:14 AM »
When I fix dropped stitches, I will knit on for a  couple more inches and then tug gentley in both directions.  That usually helps the stitches even out a bit.  The rest seems to even out better after the first wash.

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Re: Another knitting help request. Mayday, mayday!
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2017, 08:16:26 AM »
You could consider it a design element?

But if it bugs you, you could rip it back to the knit rows where it is easy to pick up all of the stitches again.

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Re: Another knitting help request. Mayday, mayday!
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2017, 08:37:39 AM »
The uneven stitches won't be noticeable because of the pattern and use of multicolor yarn, but if they really bother you, after you finish the scarf you can use the tip of a knitting needle to gently pull the purl loops on either side of the ridge of knit stitches to tighten them up.  Also, regular wear and stretching in different directions tends to even out stitches over time.

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Re: Another knitting help request. Mayday, mayday!
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2017, 09:14:06 AM »
It's very likely that Mom won't notice the hiccup in the yarn at all, so I'm going to stop worrying about it and keep knitting. The further in time I move away from the incident, the better.

You guys are wonderful. :)

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Re: Another knitting help request. Mayday, mayday!
« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2017, 06:15:31 AM »
When you block it most unevenness comes out. If you have already evened them out a bit they will even out just fine.
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Re: Another knitting help request. Mayday, mayday!
« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2017, 06:33:05 AM »
It's evened out a teensy bit already, so my panicking was an over-reaction. My mother has had a rough time and I wanted to give her something nice so when I messed it up lots of feelings came out.

I've never blocked out knitting before.
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